The 33rd Psalm, gives us great insight regarding A Cure for America:
“8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. 9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. 10 The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. 11 The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations. 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”
We have gotten away from those things that made America great, and that it is time we returned to these things for the sake of our country and for the sake of our freedoms. America is a nation that was founded on biblical principles, as evidenced in the Declaration of Independence. An excerpt follows:
THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen States of America. “When in the Course of human events, it become necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly, all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right. it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”
Following this is a list of the “repeated injuries and usurpations” of the King of Great Britain. It concludes with these words.
“We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, … appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world… do… solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States… And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
Do we need to write a new Declaration of Independence? No; that is not the Cure for America. We do, however, need a return to Patriotism. What we seem to have forgotten is that our nation was founded on God and biblical principles. In fact, two political science professors, Donald Lutz and Charles Hyneman, conducted a massive study in which they examined some 15,000 documents including thousands of books written during the time of the founding of America, 1760-1805. In these volumes of material, they found 3,154 quotes or references to other sources. The source cited or quoted most often in these political writings was the Bible! Historian David Barton points out: “Four times more often than they quote any individual, they quote the Bible.” The Continental Congress, immediately after writing and signing the Declaration of Independence, voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of the Bible for the people of this nation.
Most would recognize the name of Patrick Henry for his words, “Give me liberty or give me death.” Current textbooks, however, leave out the context in which he said these words. Listen to a bit more of his quote.
“An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us. But we shall not fight our battle alone. There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone. Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it Almighty God. I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.”
Fifty-six men signed that Declaration of Independence. They pledged their “Lives”, their “Fortunes and (their) sacred Honor”. Of the fifty-six, 5 were captured and tortured by the British, 12 had their homes sacked, looted, and occupied or burned by the enemy, 2 lost their sons in the army, 1 had two sons captured, and 9 of them died in the war.
We also need a return to participation. Even though 1.8 million people are still registered who have died, over 51 million eligible voters are not even registered! Most nations don’t give their people this privilege and, if we don’t use it wisely, it could be taken away from us!
Ther is also a need for a return to prayer.
1 Peter 5:7 “7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
1 Timothy 2:1-2 “1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
It is up to us to pray!!! In the 33rd Psalm we read in verse 12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” In verse 18, there is a prayer at the end of this psalm.
“18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; 19 To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. 20 Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield. 21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. 22 Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.”
While we are waiting on God’s deliverance and victory, we need to pray. 2 Chronicles 7:14 is God’s formula for REVIVAL: “14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray…” Stop there for a moment. I wonder if really CARE ABOUT AMERICA. If we claim to really care, isn’t it time we began to seriously pray for America?
Finally, we need a return to penitence. Penitence means “sorrow for sins or faults”. God’s instructions to His people are to “…humble themselves, and pray, and seek (His) face, and turn from their wicked ways…” We are NOT SORROWFUL about sin. Oh, we can get “weepy” and “heart-broken” when we get caught, but the failure to be moved and broken and penitent because of our sins shows a cold and arrogant heart.
- For those who are not saved, whatever else is involved, Jesus said, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish…” Without repentance, there is no genuine salvation. It’s no about repenting of every sin you’ve ever committed; that’s impossible. It is about an attitude of sorrow and penitence over the fact that you are a sinner before God. The two key words are “repentance” and “faith”. Repent as a sinner and, by faith, trust Jesus Christ for salvation. Second,
- For those who are saved, we are to be living victorious Christian lives. Sin is not to have dominion over us. The key is to confess sins as soon as you realize you have sinned. The Bible says, 1 John 1:9 “9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Look deeply into your own life and see if there is any sin hidden in your life.
Dr. David Gibbs, a Christian attorney, tells about getting aboard and airplane and finding that his seat was beside a woman who had a large scroll with her. Since it was so obvious, he asked her what was on the scroll. She unrolled the scroll and there was a five-foot long picture of a giant whale. Smiling and bubbling with enthusiasm, she said, “This is my cause – saving whales”. She explained that she gave money to save the whales and that she was travelling to attend an annual whale-saving seminar in California. She found her purpose and reason for living in saving whales.
Dr. Gibbs asked her a simple question; “Have you ever saved a whale?” She seemed taken aback and asked, “What do you mean?” “Well,” he said, “you told me that your reason for living was to save whales, so I just wanted to know how well you were doing!”
We need to be involved – as much as possible – in saving what is left of America. First, commit to Jesus Christ, and if you need to be saved, just ask and He’ll save you for eternity. Then, commit to being the kind of American that participates and is patriotic. That will take men and women who will confess their sins and begin praying fervently for our country and her leaders.
- Video: The Declaration of Independence (history.com)
- 9 Things You May Not Know About the Declaration of Independence (history.com)